THANJAVUR: Farmers of Thanjavur district demanded payment of Rs.1,150 per quintal for paddy.
Speaking at a monthly grievances day meeting at the Collectorate, they said that at present Tamil Nadu Government was paying Rs. 1,050 per quintal. Central Government had announced its price for paddy and subsequently the State Government should revise its price. But it had not done so, they said and staged a walkout.
Jeevakmar, a farmer from Budalur, said that besides announcing the new price for paddy, the State should get the share of Centre with respect to crop insurance and pay farmers whose crops were damaged in rain last year.
M.S. Shanmugham, Collector, who presided, said that samba crop had been raised on 1,09,095 hectares in the district. Thaladi had been raised on 19,006 hectares.
Using System of Rice Intensification method, paddy has been raised on 36,000 hectares.
Lodging of crop has been reported from some places due to the northeast monsoon.
Pest attack on BPT-5204 variety of paddy has been studied by a scientist team from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University and suitable advice was given to farmers.
The Collector also said that 5,707 tonnes of urea required for the current samba season had been kept ready at co-operative and private shops. There is a stock of 2,895 tonnes of DAP, 3,709 tonnes of Potash and 1,096 tonnes of complex fertilisers.
With respect to pulses, 80 tonnes of ADT-3 and ADT-5 varieties of black gram seeds is kept at agriculture extension centres.
A subsidy of Rs.20 per kilo is given for these seeds.
Karunakaran, District Revenue Officer, and Sekar, Joint Director of Agriculture, participated.